The Great Depression In Photos: A Look At Catastrophe You Have To See To Believe

fotorcreatedThe Great Depression was a completely unprecedented economic catastrophe, far worse than the financial crash of the late 2000s.

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It began in 1929 and lasted until the late 1930s. It was triggered by a stock market crash in the United States and during the first three years of the depression, the entire worldwide GDP would shrink by 15%!

Unemployment became a massive issue and more than 25% of Americans found themselves without a job. Building work in cities came to a complete stop and farming communities watched prices plummet by up to 60%.

These photos show what life was like for ordinary Americans during The Great Depression. Number 2, particularly, offers a sobering look at its effects.

 

15. Shocked Stump Rancher

001-15-shocked-stump-rancher-895542In this image, you can see a Mennonite farmer. He’d lost his livelihood as a farmer when he could no longer sell his wheat on the open market for a fair price. So he moved to Idaho to become a stump rancher. A stump ranch was one where cattle fed on the stumps of felled trees.